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Major Investment of Over 50 Billion Yen Allocated to Strengthen Bio Manufacturing Facilities and Support Swift Launch of In-House Projects

Introduction:

Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 4519) will invest 50 billion yen to construct new bio APIs and injection buildings at the Utsunomiya Plant, strengthening its manufacturing capabilities.

Features:

The first facility, UT3, will be dedicated to the manufacturing of bio-APIs from the clinical development stage to initial commercial production.

UT3 will focus on middle to later-stage manufacturing of investigational drugs, including Phase 1 and 2 projects, to strengthen the in-house production foundation.

It will implement continuous production functions, including the introduction of perfusion culture, to enhance the efficiency of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

The second facility, UTA, will be a new injection building supporting the formulation of complex in-house antibody projects.

UTA will utilize robotics for various container use and to improve productivity, enabling high-mix, low-volume manufacturing.

The manufacturing facilities aim to achieve a rapid launch of in-house products and provide a competitive advantage.

Environmental burden reduction initiatives, such as chlorofluorocarbon-free and energy-saving design, will be promoted in the new facilities.

The buildings will adopt digital infrastructure and advanced technologies for efficient operations, aligned with the SPIRITS project.

Cost-competitive smart factories will be realized through the use of robotics and advanced automation technologies.

Construction plan of UT3: Start of construction January 2024, Completion of building May 2026, Start of operation October 2026

Construction plan of UTA: Start of construction January 2024, Completion of building November 2025, Start of operation March 2026

Specifications:

Name:   Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Type:     Expansion

Year:      2026

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